As far as the music group - Shambhala is Agua & Born Infinite - as well
as the handful of silent dragons who support our movement. The word Shambhala
literally means "the home of the enlightened ones" - which is at the
heart of every living being. So ultimately, Shambhala is all of us, everyone
the light within all things.
How did you
guys come together?
Agua: By divine order. Universal truth & determination.
True. A few years back, I was hosting a Hip Hop event called Tru Skool
Agua's management booked him at our spot and after his performance, I (and everyone
else in the audience) was crazy impressed. I did everything I could to find
him again. When I finally did locate him, he ducked me for a while until I started
leavin verses on his cel. It took some showing and proving, but he hit me back
up eventually and its been on since then. You know, we both believe in past
lives so in this particular life we met in the way I just described.
We've been coming together and then going our own ways for mad lifetimes
so this is just a reunion.
Who are your
Shambhala: The Most High, The Buddha, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Yeshua bin
Yosef, Lao Tzu, Rakim, Black Moon, Mobb Deep, M.O.P, Wu-Tang (r.i.p. ODB), Nas,
Kool G Rap, Slick Rick, Bob Marley, Bjork, Chaka Khan, Minnie Ripeton, Stevie
Wonder, Diane Reeves, Asssata Shakur, Kwame Nkruma, Patrice Lumumba, Jay-Z,
Jeru the Damaja, Smiff N Wessun, Common Sense, Buckshot, Pete Rock, Premier,
Rza, Black Thought, AZ, Light, Wind, Water, Animals, Insects, Bruce Lee, Sun
Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Mahatma Gandhi, Huey P. Newton, Malcolm X, Thich Nat Hanh,
Our children Ultimately, everything is an influence .
What's the first
release you put out?
Born: Word. As
Shambhala 'The Lotus Of " is our debut album.
did you learn from that?
Agua: That everything
will happen when it's supposed to. And that we have something truly beautiful
to look forward to when the second album drops.
is a virtue. If you believe in your art, then just keep going forward and don't
look back. The reaction our album has gotten from all over the world shows that
people are really in need of something new and something meaningful that doesn't
insult their intelligence. That put a lot of confidence behind us. The second
album is gonna be out of control.
you've done solo projects, how did that go for you?
Born: My solo project "The Mohammed E.P." dropped right around 9/11
it wasn't intended to be, but because of the time, it was real controversial.
Being in D.C., "The Mohammed EP" produced 2 different effects
I sold a lot of albums, made a name for myself on the scene and advanced to
a higher level of respect in my city. I also made a name for myself among the
G-dub cats surveillance, photos, unmarked cars and all that. You can
say I gained two followings.
What's the main
difference you've noticed in being solo and being in a group?
Agua: Two minds
are better than one.
minds " word. The music we were able to create as solo artists is
really nothing compared to what we've been able to accomplish as a group. There's
a much bigger resource of power, energy and creativity. Our sales have continued
to grow by the thousands and we've gotten world wide critical acclaim with "The
Lotus Of " in just a few months, so we must be doing something right.
Can you guys
explain the Shambhala vision?
Agua: World enlightenment
through continuous musical creation. The Tao
Born: In the Shambhala
vision, enlightenment is the birthright of everyone - all beings. The purpose
of our music is to point to the light within everything. To direct the mind
to the divine within us all. The Shambhala vision sees the natural perfection
of all beings as a reality.
could you describe your beliefs?
Agua: We are men. Religion is man made. That explains the natural flaws in religion.
From our childhood influences, our teachers, our family and friends, etc. we
have studied Taoism, Buddhism, Rastafari, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism,
it goes on...
Born: Word. We
have been trained and taught in the various schools of the Spirit. Words and
titles are limiting. Shambhala doesn't deal with limitation what flows
through us is "boundless and unseen "
What are your
goals when you make a song?
Agua: (1) To be free-flowing. Non-concentrated. (2) To set the listener's soul
Born: We rely on
our skill and natural chemistry. We combine rugged, melodic, beautiful music
with sharp lyrics - dedicated to enlightenment, love, wisdom and the warrior's
path. We call it "Hip Hop Jeet Kun Do".
What do you
want people to take away from your music?
Agua: Inner change.
Born: You can appreciate
our music on a variety of different levels from the production, to the
lyrics, to the concepts, to the vibe it's all in the hands of the beholder.
Ultimately, we hope to leave people with the understanding that meditation gives
you the keys to freedom. Our music celebrates that fact.
Where do you
see Shambhala fitting into the overall picture of Hip Hop?
for the listener to decide, really. We took it back to the fundamentals - unmatched
lyricism over beautiful music. But while the method is simple, the effect our
music has on people is incredible. So we will continue to carve our own path
and develop the art.
up for you?
to catch sounds from our debut hit "The Lotus Of "and purchase
the album. Check the site for new music, tour dates, dope exclusives, merchandise
and more. Look out for the 'Enlightenment/African Sunflower' 12" dropping
this fall. There's a new Shambhala EP in the works that's shaping up to be a
real banger. We'll be hitting up Europe at the end of the summer so look out
for us out there. Fat shout to the whole Shambhala family. Much respect &
blessings to 730 and the Hiphopgame crew. Shambhala: The Lotus Of ::Meditate